British actress Emma Chambers has died aged 53, her agent has confirmed.
Known for playing Alice Tinker in the BBC’s The Vicar of Dibley, the Doncaster-born star also had roles in Notting Hill and the TV adaptation of Martin Chuzzlewit.
Chambers, who died from natural causes on Wednesday evening, would be “greatly missed”, her agent John Grant said.
He said: “Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many”.
Chambers is survived by her husband, fellow actor Ian Dunn.
Dawn French, her co-star in The Vicar of Dibley for 13 years, has paid tribute.
“Emma was a very bright spark and the most loyal and loving friend anyone could wish for,” she said.
“I will miss her very much.”
She also tweeted:
Other well-wishers, including Emma Freud, the wife of The Vicar Of Dibley’s creator Richard Curtis, have paid tribute to Chambers on Twitter.
Chambers played the character of Alice Tinker, a village church verger, in The Vicar of Dibley between 1994 and 2007, alongside French in the title role.
In 1998, she won the British Comedy Award for best TV actress for her performance. The following year she appeared as Honey in Notting Hill, the younger sister of Hugh Grant’s character, William Thacker.